Prep 25 mins
Cook 1 hr 20 mins
Every country has it's own unique curries. This is a lovely smooth flavored curry with the added bananas. Serve over rice with chutney, chopped apples, chopped tomatoes on the side. Rotis, Naam or chapatis set off this meal to a T. Temper the heat by the amount of Curry powder & Chillies that you use
- 1 (3 lb) fryer chickens
- 4 -6 red chilies
- 1⁄2 cup dried coconut
- 2 cups coconut milk (Use one tin or mix coconut powder)
- 2 bananas, mashed or finely chopped
- 2 onions, chopped
- 1 tablespoon coriander
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 1 stalk fresh lemongrass (or use 2 strips lemon rind)
- 3 tablespoons peanut oil
- 1 -2 teaspoon prepared curry powder
- 2 teaspoons Laos powder (optional)
- Cut up the chicken.
- Boil the chillies in a small amount of water for2 minutes.
- drain, remove seeds Toast the coconut in a heavy skillet,over medium heat, stirring the whole while until it becomes a lovely brown.
- Do not leave it in the skillet as it will burn.
- Put the cooled coconut into a blender or food processor and grind very fine, add 1/2 cup coconut milk, blend again, set aside, in a bowl In the blender without washing it blend chillies, onion, garlic, tumeric, coriander, cummin, curry powder and sliced lemon grass (or lemon rind) Blend to a puree.
- If necessary add a tbsp of peanut oil.
- Heat the remaining oil in a skillet and add the pureed onions& spices, fry stirring constantly until the moisture evaporates and the oil is around the edges.
- Add ground coconut, coconut milk, bananas, and stir well.
- Add chicken and stir gently as the mixture comes to a simmer cover and slow simmer uncovered for 1 hour, stirring occasionally or until the chicken is tender.
I actually found this quite bland; especially considering how involved it was to make (it wasn't hard, it just took a while). Maybe that's just me!... Personally, I think it could do with almost twice the amount of coconut (I used 60g for 3 servings; 100g would be better); a bit more banana (1.5 large bananas, for 3); and perhaps more lemongrass (I used 1 stalk for half the recipe, 2 might have been better). It might be nice with some currants/raisins thrown in for texture and sweetness.